A dazzling city not just in character but also in appearance – Dubai is exactly that. It’s a futuristic oasis rising from the sweltering Arabian Desert. While there isn’t a lack of destinations that know how to do luxury exceptionally well, there are few that equate with the word fully, and the City of Gold certainly does. As one of the seven emirates within the United Arab Emirates and also its capital, the city continuously reimagines and reinvents itself, when presenting its extraordinary vision towards splendor – and the hotels in Dubai are no exception.
Furthermore, it’s done with the perfect balance between centuries-old tradition and openminded foresight of what’s to come. Thus when looking into hotels in Dubai, you will find that no two places are alike. Each of the hotels in Dubai approaches 5-star excellence in its own way and there is no way that you will leave unimpressed. Here are our five top picks for the best hotels in Dubai.
One&Only The Palm
Resorts by One&Only have brought unmatched luxury to iconic cities around the world and Dubai is no exception. The One&Only The Palm resort is all about embodying a sophisticated beachfront oasis, complete with lush gardens and gushing fountains, where the warm reflections of the nighttime cityscape reflect in the most dazzling manner. Located on Palm Island, One&Only The Palm boasts unmatched awe-inspiring views of the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence waterfront. At the same time, you are able to enjoy perfect seclusion while still in the middle of a buzzing city.
There are 90 rooms and suites and four villas altogether thus creating a well-balanced boutique hotel feel. With elements resembling Moorish and Andalusian architecture, this feels like so much more than just a hotel. All rooms and suites have their own private balconies or terraces, and some suites are equipped with fantastic plunge pools. The incredibly inviting color palette is smart, chic, and undeniably luxe. European marble bathrooms complete with freestanding baths and separate rainfall showers are truly impressive. The hotel offers fantastic options for dining. In particular, the French fine dining restaurant Stay by Yannick Alléno.
Anantara The Palm Dubai
Located on the Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai is the only resort in Dubai with overwater villas. The Thai-inspired hotel offers privacy and seclusion to guests, who prefer to feel the presence of water – the hotel has 4 swimming pools and a private beach. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the spectacular skyline of Dubai is within sight, providing memorable views and a contrasting balance between the calm of the Palm and the buzzing city nearby. There are 293 rooms and villas altogether in the resort. The overwater villas sit on stilts above the sea and you can spectate at the clear blue waters through glass panels. Some villas have steps leading directly into the pool while the Beach Pool Villas have infinity pools on a terrace facing the sea, making for a top choice, without a doubt.
L’Occitane toiletries finish the spacious bathrooms with deep tubs and rainfall showers. All rooms are elegantly decorated with a warm color palette that stays true both to the UAE and Dubai, as well as the Thai inspiration behind the resort. Wooden panels, sand-colored fabrics, and a pop of sunset orange to infuse the spaces with a tasteful addition of color. A definite highlight, impossible to pass, is the Turkish Hammam Spa. In a lavish setting, you can drift away in total relaxation as your troubles and worries melt away. There are 24 treatment rooms including a holistic cocoon room and an Ayurveda room, an aroma steam room, crystal and gemstone steam room, bamboo sauna, herbal bath, liquid sound pool, Kneipp walk, and a salt inhalation room.
If there is one place where a hotel like Palazzo Versace fits right in aside from its native Italy, it’s Dubai without a doubt. Right there in the name lies the very meaning of this opulent establishment – palazzo. Luxury isn’t just something you strive for here – it has been woven into the very fabric of what Versace stands for. What would seem over the top elsewhere feels native to Dubai. The 215-room luxurious mammoth is located on the Creek, a mere 15-minute drive from the airport.
While there certainly are elements that signal the richness of this hotel from the outside, nothing can match the splendor you see once you walk through the door, including a 3-tonne Czech chandelier, columns, marble, a million-piece mosaic and the signature Versace furnishings. The rooms follow suit with fantastically spacious, high-ceiling palatial-style suites with parquet floors and lavish furnishings in one of four color themes: salmon, beige, turquoise and blue. Fantastic dining options and a boutique spa complete this already picture-perfect Italian palace in Dubai.
Jumeirah Al Naseem
Striking the perfect balance between minimalistic and traditionally sophisticated design and homages to its hosting city, Dubai, Jumeirah Al Naseem offers a slightly different approach to luxury than the aforementioned lavish Arabian-style hotels. Rich brocade and textured fabrics are replaced with clean neutrals and contemporary design additions that mirror what Al Naseem means in Arabic, sea breeze. The overall feel is airy, elegant, and refreshing. A tranquil ambiance is achieved with the help of soothing colors like white, turquoise, and sand.
Natural materials like stone and wood are strategically featured to infuse both indoor and outdoor spaces with wholesome additions. There is an impressive number of 430 rooms and suites altogether and despite that, the resort never feels overly crowded as every space starting from your room and continuing into the communal areas are calm-inducing and harmonious. All rooms and suites have either balconies or terraces offering sea or garden views and the landscaped gardens really are much like an oasis. 3 large pools, one of which is an adults-only pool, are surrounded by palm trees here and there as well as lovely loungers or hanging chairs.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
You can’t really talk about Dubai without mentioning its ultra-lavish signature hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, which is often described as the most luxurious in the world. The striking sail-shaped building is not only famous – it’s iconic in every aspect. The fifth tallest hotel in the world is set on its own man-made island and while the exterior exudes clean elegance, the interiors are the ultimate dedication to decadence and otherworldly luxury. There are 30 types of marble alone used within the hotel, including the rare Statuario marble which was used by Michelangelo.
You’ll notice striking colors, golden columns and generous decor everywhere you look. Despite that, it’s not all about the looks, as everything from the butler service to amenities is top-notch here as well. Every single of the hotel’s 202 suites occupies two floors and floor-to-ceiling windows mean you get to enjoy the best of what the Burj Al Arab can offer in terms of its surrounding water-centric landscape. As magnificent as the suites are, you will definitely want to find yourself on the outdoor terrace as well – melting into the horizon there are two pools with lavish sunbeds and butler cabanas. Talise Spa is a treat for the senses as the Moroccan-style mosaics are comforting and soothing, and the relaxing treatments truly immerse you into a world of rejuvenation.